Dementia Australia’s National Ambassador Ita Buttrose AC OBE has called on the public to sign up and get training to support the 2020 Memory Walk & Jog season.
Ms Buttrose said as Dementia Australia’s largest fundraising initiative, Memory Walk & Jog raises much-needed funds to help provide invaluable support, education and resources for people living with dementia in Australia, their carers, families and friends.
“We’re excited that Memory Walk & Jog is not only returning in 2020, but will be hosted in more locations, meaning even more Australians will have the opportunity to join in the fun,” she said.
“Having been involved with these events over many years I can say first-hand how enjoyable and rewarding they are.
“They’re a fabulous gathering of people impacted by dementia who get together, walk or run to raise money, share stories and everyone comes away from the day knowing they are not alone.”
The 2020 series of dates and locations are as follows:
- Adelaide - Sunday 29 March, 2020 - Colley Reserve, Glenelg
- Ballarat - Sunday 15 March, 2020 - Lake Wendouree, Ballarat
- Sunshine Coast - Sunday 7 June, 2020 - Kawana Surf Club, Buddina
- Canberra - Sunday 23 February, 2020 - Barrine Drive, Canberra
- Geelong - Sunday 17 May, 2020 - Eastern Beach Reserve, Geelong
- Hobart - Sunday 22 March, 2020 - Regatta Grounds, Hobart
- Hunter - Sunday 31 May, 2020 - Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie
- Melbourne - Sunday 3 May, 2020 - Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
- Mildura - Sunday 1 March, 2020 - Nowingi Place, Mildura
- Brisbane - Sunday 14 June, 2020 - Rocks Riverside, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Brisbane
- Sydney - Sunday 24 May, 2020 - Leichhardt Oval #3, Lilyfield
- Western Sydney - Sunday 5 April, 2020 - Tench Reserve, Penrith
Leanne Emerson, Dementia Australia Executive Director Operations said the course is family friendly, and no matter your age or level of fitness, everyone is encouraged to participate and join in the fun.
“We look forward to seeing you and your friends and family at one of the 12 events scheduled throughout the first half of 2020,” Ms Emerson said.
In 2020, Dementia Australia is aiming to raise $1.3 million through the events, which they are hoping will involve more than 10,000 participants.
Each event has several courses of different lengths, so there really is something for everyone. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as raffles, plenty of entertainment, food stalls and special guest appearances from Memory Walk & Jog mascot Al the Elephant.
Currently there is an estimated 447,000 Australians living with dementia, and almost 1.5 million people involved in their care. Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians, and the leading cause of death of Australian women.
Registrations are now open for all Memory Walk & Jog events across Australia. For more information or to register, visit www.memorywalk.com.au.